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The second tragedy of the Newtown, Conn., shootings would be if the nation moves on from this heartbreaking event without coming up with concrete solutions to stem the access of military-style assault weapons. The passage of time has a way of lessening the sting of yesterday’s pain, but also blunts today’s demand for change.
The president and Congress must keep the memory of Newtown’s tragedy fresh in our hearts and minds for the next several months until more sensible legislation is passed and signed into law.
I try to start my Christmas shopping each year at the Peasant Market, which is the big flea market in July at St. Stephen’s on the green in Middlebury. There is always a lot of great stuff there — more stuff than I can reasonably justify buying at one time for the modest needs of me and my family. So a couple years ago I struck on the idea that I could pick up a few extra things beyond what would satisfy our immediate needs and desires and squirrel them away as Christmas gifts, or at least stocking stuffers.
There’s a little something making me happy these days. I call it the TSM. And I’m not talking about the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. In my world, TSM is short for Thrift Shop Miracle. I experienced one just a couple of weeks ago.
Editor's note: Will Stevens is an organic market gardener and Independent state representative from Shoreham.
Last month, Gov. Shumlin announced his priorities for the upcoming legislative session. As notable as what we heard was something we didn’t hear: discussion about economic development and Vermont’s working landscape.
VERMONT — Vermont State Police are seeking help from the public in learning more about the crash that killed a Starksboro man in Sherburne on Friday afternoon.
Marland Brewer, 47, of Starksboro was killed in a two-vehicle head-on crash on Route 4 in Sherburne just east of the Killington Skyship gondola and Mission Farm Road on Dec. 14.
Troopers were called to the scene at 4:33 p.m. and told that a driver in one of the vehicles was entrapped. Traffic on the road was closed while police dealt with the accident.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to an attempted suicide at a Buttolph Drive home on Dec. 17. Police said the woman in question had apparently taken a large quantity of pills. Emergency responders took the woman to Porter Hospital for treatment.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel said this week city police will be participating in a countywide effort to set up sobriety checkpoints on New Year’s Eve, including one possibly in the Vergennes area.
Vermont State Police, Middlebury and Bristol police, and the Addison County Sheriff’s Department will all be participating in establishing checkpoints, Merkel said.
SHOREHAM — Vermont State Police cited Jason A. Gagnon, 27, of Bomoseen for domestic assault and other charges on Monday after he allegedly tried to force his way into a Shoreham apartment and then allegedly vandalized a car belonging to one of the female occupants who had tried to defend herself with a pistol.